Conservation in Action Tour 2017
CTIC’s 2017 Conservation in Action Tour brought us back home to Indiana, where we saw how conservation agriculture has advanced over the last ten years and explored where it’s headed.
Farmers, researchers, policy makers, crop consultants, association leaders and more came together to get a front row view of conservation farming systems in central India ... more.
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The 2019 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour will be held August 20-21, 2019 in central Iowa. We'll examine a wide range of edge-of-field systems and other conservation practices that help Iowa farmers build soil quality and protect water quality.
Details will be posted to this page—save the date and check in periodically for more information.
For more information on our past tours, view our archive page.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Grazing and Rangeland
Know Your Watershed
Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI)
National Aquatic Resource Survey (NARS)
National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)
Operational Tillage Assessment System (OpTIS)
Watershed Groups Watershed Implementation and Innovation Network (WIIN)
... nutrient removal by the alternative crops, and the use of the perennials in holistic management of the agricultural landscape.
Demonstrations of key conservation practices and products, illustrating concepts such as nutrient use efficiency and the proper applications of the 4Rs of Nutrient Stewardship.
Heightened awareness of water quality issues, augmented by watershed project field tours and a series of speaking engagements throughout the country by project leaders.
A CropLife webinar brought project details and conservation messages to a nationwide audience of 125 participants.
CTIC disseminated information from the project throughout its six-year funding period, organizing summer field tours, winter producer meetings, and other speaking opportunities. CTIC also worked wi ... more.
... professional networking events for Indiana's conservation stakeholders, and to connect those stakeholders with extension agents. Plans include events in 2019 and 2020.
Watershed Leadership Forums
A series of forums gathering leaders of watershed projects from around the country yielded a treasure trove of best practices for both conservation and leadership.
Conservation in Action Tours
For more than a decade, CTIC has organized annual summer tours that provide perspective on regional resource challenges and a close-up look at innovative conservation practices. In addition to technical insight and dozens of outstanding speakers, every Conservation in Action Tour provides some of the best networking in the conservation agriculture space, bringing together a wide range of peopl ... more.
... will show how conservation practices installed on Indian Creek watershed farms will affect water quality.
Determine what water quality improvements result when 50-75% of producers and acres in a small watershed adopt comprehensive agriculture conservation systems over a six-year period.
Outreach activities include field tours, public meetings, email and website updates, news releases and more.
On-farm demonstrations showcase the latest products, techniques, equipment and tools for resource conservation.With funding from USDA, CTIC will employ tile outlet monitoring to measure water quality.
CTIC and Livingston SWCD partner with Argonne National Laboratories to study the growth and wat ... more.
"Conservation in Action" Tours
... farming by the Spies family. With deep roots in the community and the eyes of Washington—and the world—focused on the Bay’s recovery, the farmers and fishermen of Maryland’s Eastern Shore are pushing conservation into a new era. Next year’s Conservation in Action Tour—CTIC’s 12th annual—will be held in the Des Moines area. Watch www.ctic.org/CIATours for details so you can mark your calendar and join us!
Conservation in Action Tour participants fill the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center.
Conservation in Action Tours provide a close-up look at BMPs.
Alex Echols of Ecosystem Services Exchange describes controlled drainage management systems.
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... Tour is hosted by CTIC with the support of our Tour Sponsors:
The Fertilizer Institute
Click hereto see a complete list of 2017 Tour sponsors.
Why attend the Tour?
This is one of the most well-organized multi-stop tours I've ever been on - I'm hoping to take some of your great ideas and implement them.
~Anonymous, 2016 Tour Participant
I loved every second of the tour. Networking and meeting new people, experiencing the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA), learning new facts and being inspired by the passion of the EAA researchers and growers all contributed to making the tour an incredible experience ... more.
The Soil and Water Conservation Society will hold their 67th annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas from July 22-25, 2012. This year's conference theme is "Choosing Conservation: Considering Ecology, Economics and Ethics" and will feature presentations, workshops, symposia, and technical tours to facilitate the sharing of resource conservation knowledge. In honor of our 30th anniversary celebration, CTIC will host a booth at the event.
CTIC is having a party and you're invited! Join us on October 25, 2012 in St. Louis, MO, to help celebrate 30 years of conservation success and look at opportunities for continued growth. The October 25 celebration will be held at the Monsanto facilities in St. Louis will feature tours, panel discussions, an evening banquet and plenty of birthday cake.
Ag producers mark your calendars for July 7, 2011. Attend one of two duplicate farm tours that day. The morning tour will leave First Baptist Church in Fairbury, Ill., at 9:30 AM central time. The evening tour will leave the church at 3:00 PM central time. The church is located at 701 North 7th Street, Fairbury, IL 61739-1595. Participants will meet at the church then board a bus to visit the tour sites.
Farmers and corporate sponsors at the sites will ... more.
... Participants will learn more about the actions producers take to protect soil and water quality, plus possible generation and sale of these services, often measured with carbon or water quality “credits.”
Aerial view of Mainland Farm.
Photo courtesy of William and Mary Center for Archaeological Research.
“Our last two conservation tours received rave reviews,” said Tim Healey, CTIC chairman. “All who took part appreciated the chance to see conservation agriculture up close. The Conservation In Action Tour provides a forum to discuss today’s issues with producers who deal with them directly.”
Tour highlights include:
•A visit to Mainland Farm, an example of a typic ... more.
... HOLOS, which
can be downloaded and used to estimate GHG emissions from farm. Will send link. Will be
closing organization in August 2009; will keep us posted.
PNDSA: Had close to 400 attend conference on Jan 21-22 in Kennewick, WA. Get sense that
lots of interest building in direct seed. Have 6 different breakfast meeting s in 3-state area; 30-40
people at each meeting. Planning spring tours. Rolling out grower-to-grower information
network, funded by small grant.
NTOP: NTOP conference on Jan 27-28 with more than 1,200 attend. More exhibitors than
ever and more first-time attendees. Speakers included Bill K, Jerry L, Moe Russell of Russell
Consulting (Iowa). Invited APPRESID to send person; Jose Moreno came and discussed
protocols of no-till certification program. Looking a ... more.
... without an on-site inspection of the field. Drainage control structures cost between $500 and $2,000 apiece. Don Pitts of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service state office in Champaign, Ill., says retrofitting existing pattern tile drainage systems on an ideal slope can run $50 to $150 per acre. If extensive re-plumbing is required — for instance, to run laterals along the contours and make mains and control structures accessible along the field edge — costs can go up significantly, he says.
Bioreactor Grabs Nitrates From Drainage Water
Some drainage water management systems, including the demonstration plot on Tony Thompson's farm near Windom, Minn., are being augmented by experimental bioreactors, which use wood chips to c ... more.
... areas where CTIC was promoting no-till agriculture. We win farmers as customers one at a time, and we were hoping that the affiliation with CTIC would give us more opportunity for direct contact with more producers.
Heretofore we saw the benefits of our CTIC membership in direct contact with producers, dealers and researchers during the summer CTIC Board of Directors meeting and affiliated tours, and we very satisfied.
Today there is an additional benefit, and we believe the greatest value of our CTIC membership. It is the opportunity to be able to participate as a partner in the EPA grant for Producer Partnerships to Reduce Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. We hope to be able to participate as a partner with CTIC in grants such as this in the future, too.
If you are a company tha ... more.